E31-Advanced materials for transportation

No. Symposium Organiser Co-Organiser
E31 Advanced materials for transportation Prof. Kambiz Kayvantash, Société CADLM (F)



Dr.-Ing. Dirk Lehmhus, ISIS Sensorial Materials Scientific Centre, University of Bremen (D) 


The symposium will focus on new materials and structural solutions for lightweight design. It will cover both surface and air transport applications, and will specifically aim at fostering exchange between both fields. Besides weight reduction, a second focus is on safety: Here, solutions which help protect occupants or cargo and opponents in collision are considered. Primary focus is on structural materials, where structural defines a usage which is predominantly based on a material’s mechanical performance. With the range as well as new safety issues electric vehicles face today, both topics will maintain their importance in the automotive world. The same applies for aerospace and certain fields of railway and maritime industry. Smart materials and structures achieving weight reduction or increased safety via monitoring approaches or adaptivity are covered by the symposium, and contributions on materials development, characterization, modelling/simulation and processing are generally invited. Submission of studies with a clear link to transport application is specifically encouraged. General topics addressed include:

  1. Metals – material and process (steel, titanium, aluminium, magnesium)
  2. Composites – material and process (CFRP, Nanocomposites, fibre-reinforced metals, etc.)
  3. Hybrid materials and structures (hybrid structures, FML, microscopic level hybrid materials, etc.)
  4. Smart materials and structures for transportation applications
    (structural health/condition monitoring, adaptive structures, etc.)
  5. Safety and protection – energy absorbing materials and structures
  6. Modelling and simulation (modelling adv. structural materials, simulation/verification of functionality in safety-relevant smart materials and structures, modelling failure in structural materials, ab-initio methods for alloy design, design of hybrid materials and structures, … )


As a secondary focus, contributions on functional materials relevant for transport industry applications, including advanced powertrain materials, are encouraged. The final symposium will be subdivided in the following sessions:

  1. Composites
  2. Metals I
  3. Metals II
  4. Joining


Papers originating from the symposium will be published in a dedicated special issue of Steel Research International. Selected contributors will be invited to submit their work after the conference. As deadline, November 15th is foreseen. All papers will go through the regular peer review process implemented by the journal and 20 contributions will be selected for the journal. Contributions which pass the review process but do not find their place in the journal will be published in a special section of www.materialsviews.com (http://www NULL.materialsviews NULL.com/).